(L-R) Brigadier General James Taylor (Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policies, NORAD & USNORTHCOM), Bailey Shaw (15), Jackson Shaw (11), Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Shaw, Joy Shaw, and Zoey Shaw (12). The photo was taken in front of the 9/11 memorial at NORAD & USNORTHCOM in Colorado Springs—the beam behind us was recovered from the World Trade Center.
RIGGINS Riggins native Ryan Shaw was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Friday, Dec. 4. Currently serving as a strategic planner at NORAD & US Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Ryan leaves soon for a one-year assignment in Jerusalem. There, he will support the United States Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, facilitating security coordination, and assisting the Palestinian Authority to set the conditions for a negotiated two-state solution. His wife, Joy, and their children, Bailey (15), Zoey (12) and Jackson (11), will remain in Colorado — and in our thoughts and prayers. Ryan graduated from SRHS in 1995 and West Point in 1999. He has commanded a Cavalry Troop in Iraq and taught history at West Point. His parents, LeRoy and Debbie Shaw, and his grammy, Katie Knight, still reside in Riggins (see photo below).
The 2015 Assembly of God Church Children’s Christmas Program, “Christmas in Black and White,” is a somewhat comical scene of a small group of penguins at a polar pet park who are determined to explain the real meaning of Christmas to a group of field trip kids, that Christmas is not just a holiday, it’s a holy-day! The children’s Christmas musical will be performed this Sunday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. There are 25 kids in the program plus a few younger siblings who may or may not join the stage at times throughout the performance! Directing this year’s program are Tracie Pottenger and Kathy Scheline with sound ladies, Debi Martin and Leanne Medeirous …and our lighting and mike expert, Pastor Scheline. They would like to thank all these awesome kids and their parents for their dedication; they started in October! See you Sunday at the program.
Riggins Elementary School Christmas play, “Home for the Holidays,” and the After School Kids, Inc. winter musical recital, will be presented in the SRHS multi-purpose room next Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. Invite your friends and neighbors to come see our awesome students.
Riggins Elementary students will go Christmas caroling after lunch next Thursday, Dec. 17, following their annual Christmas parties in the morning. The students will sing their way up Main Street and back to the school. Plan to be on Main Street to help celebrate Christmas with the kids.
“Light up Riggins” contest is lighting up houses and businesses all over Riggins. Lights must be up by Monday, Dec. 14 …sooner if you can. Winners of first-place business, $125; second-place business, $75; first-place residence; $125; and second-place residence, $75, will be announced Monday, Dec. 21. “Light up Riggins” contest is sponsored by Salmon River Chamber of Commerce.
The Riggins Christmas tree lighting celebration was held last Saturday on Riggins Main Street at Two Rivers Coffee with hay rides, hot coffee, hot chocolate and goodies. A great time was had by all who attended. The Christmas season is in full swing. Take a night ride to see all the beauty. Merry Christmas, everyone!
The Christmas Food Drive spearheaded by the Riggins Secret Santa Helpers and the Salmon River Community Food Pantry is ongoing. You may drop off food at Riggins City Hall, Riggins Whitewater Market or The Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop by Monday, Dec. 14. This will help ensure no family goes without a Christmas meal. Suggested items are canned pumpkin, olives, cranberry sauce and stuffing.
The Riggins Secret Santas’ Giving Tree at Umpqua Bank still has several children’s names left at this printing. Return all donated gifts unwrapped to Riggins City Hall by this Friday, Dec. 11. If you would like to donate money to help with this program, make checks out to City of Riggins with the notation, “Christmas Assistance Fund,” and mail to P.O. Box 249, Riggins, ID 83549.
Salmon River High School and Riggins Elementary school will have early release for Christmas vacation Thursday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. ASK, After School Kids, will have early release for Christmas vacation on Dec. 17. Bus and pickup will be at 3:45 p.m. School and ASK resume Monday, Jan. 4, 2016!
Christmas Eve Service will be held Thursday, Dec. 24, at Riggins Assembly of God Church from 6-7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend the hour service, then return home to your families and friends.
Riggins Elementary and Salmon River High School students, if you are interested in taking guitar lessons, Ask has found a teacher! Call Stephanie at ASK at 628-2770 to sign up, or stop in at the ASK building!
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Make this year’s resolution one to become a better parent. Plan now to attend some parenting classes where you will learn some new and effective parenting techniques at Riggins After School Kids, ASK, Inc. ASK will be hosting three different “Love and Logic” parenting classes free to the public. All materials and light snacks will be provided. These classes will be offered on Thursdays, Jan. 14, 21 and 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. Each class covers a different set of topics, so come to all of them! Begin 2016 on a better path to parenting with Love and Logic.